Bush, theory of a deadman and stars in stereo perform in front of a sold-out crowd at the diamond ballroom in oklahoma city, ok on march 10, 2015
The remnants of the winter storm that dropped feet of snow across parts of the Midwest last week, now melting away, left a red mudded mess in the non-paved parking lot of the sold-out Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City on Tuesday night. Stars in Stereo lead singer Bec Hollcraft talked about that mud as she addressed the audience with the statement "It's awfully muddy out there! I like to get dirty, and I like to spread my dirty to everyone else." The foursome from LA had the duty of getting this packed venue pumped and ready for the high profile acts to follow. With a sound and look that crossed between female fronted bands Evanesence and Halestorm, guitarist's Jordan McGraw and Ryan McCormack along with bassist Justin Siegel and drummer Drew Langan fired away at songs "Firestarter," and "Leave Your Mark" off of their self-titled album Stars in Stereo Leave Your Mark.
An eager crowd welcomed Theory of a Deadman with plenty of energy as they took the stage after minimal turn around time in between sets. This kept the momentum going in the Ballroom as lead singer Tyler belted out hits "Lowlife" and "Blow" in which the lyrics "sometimes it makes me wanna blow my f***ing head off..." led your attention to the lead singer's mic stand; a large gas can at bottom with a bike chain leading up to a full out rifle that held his microphone at the end. A very interesting creation to say the least. Included in the setlist were popular ballads "Not Meant to Be" and "Santa Monica" in which fans could be heard singing word for word throughout the venue. As if that weren't enough, Theory ended their set with "Hate My Life" and "Bad Girlfriend" in which the sing-along continued. A nine song setlist is what we enjoyed though arguably every fan in attendance would've welcomed as many songs as Tyler, Dave, Dean and Joey could've given us. The melodic rock group out of Canada was well worth the cost of attendance in itself. It's not every day you get to jam with such high callibar artists in such an intimate venue.
Bush took the stage fashionably late for what would be an hour and a half, 20 song set of pure adrenaline hits mixed with slow paced tracks "Sound of Winter," "Float" and "Eye of the Storm" to name a few. The crowd needed these periods of rest to catch their breath as Gavin Rossdale brought every ounce of energy he had to this sold-out crowd and the energy in the room matched every jump the entire night. If you have ever seen Bush in concert you know by now that Gavin is a vertical performer and he jumped his way through the entire set of high intensity songs. During "Bodies in Motion" Gavin finished the song by jumping, jumping and jumping some more before finally throwing his body on the stage floor and singing the last few lyrics into the mic while laying on his back, feet up in the air. Midway through the set Gavin took a few minutes to introduce the current members of Bush, lead guitarist Chris Traynor, bassist Corey Britz and drummer Robin Goodridge. Gavin added in that "I never do this, and I'm not sure why I am tonight but I appreciate these guys and we appreciate you all. We appreciate you letting us come here and do this for you. We're not always sure what we'll get at different venues when we tour and you all have been amazing, this is all amazing, so thank you." The crowd showed their thanks to his statement with a loud applause that seemed to go on for minutes. During "Little Things" a very sweat drenched Gavin decided to get up-close and personal with his fans by coming off of the stage and taking a lap through the shoulder to shoulder crowd giving high fives and hugs to the shocked and excited audience. This was a demonstration of true showmanship at its best. This crowd came for a good time and Bush gave them every bit of that. "WE WANT BUSH! WE WANT BUSH!" echoed throughout the venue as fans eagerly awaited the British rockers to retake the stage for the four song encore that opened up with guitar powered "Machinehead" followed by Talking Heads cover "Once In a Lifetime." The sing-along that took place earlier in the night when Theory was on stage resumed as the encore gave fans the chance to sing the entire second verse of "Glycerine" acapella with Gavin as he nailed an incredible solo performance during that number. The set finished out with "Comedown," a very appropriate choice as this show left fans wondering how they would each come down for the night from nearly four hours of non-stop, incredible music.
REVIEW BY: SARA MEEK
GAVIN ROSSDALE - LEAD VOCALS/RHYTHM GUITAR
CHRIS TRAYNOR - LEAD GUITAR/VOCALS
COREY BRITZ - BASS GUITAR/VOCALS/KEYBOARD
ROBIN GOODRIDGE - DRUMS
THEORY OF A DEADMAN IS:
TYLER CONNOLY - LEAD VOCALS/RHYTHM GUITAR
DAVE BRENNER - LEAD GUITAR/VOCALS
DEAN BACK - BASS GUITAR/VOCALS
JOEY DANDENEAU - DRUMS